Peggy Kathleen (McIntire) Queal (1926 - 2015)

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Peggy was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, on May 1, 1926, to P.R. and Rosa (Latham) McIntire. As the daughter of a flour miller who moved from job to job, she relocated often. She lived in Kansas, Alabama, North Carolina, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. She spent most of her adult life in Bountiful, Utah, before moving to Bozeman, Montana (2009), to be nearer her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Andy Stirling.

Growing up, Peggy attended schools in several states. Her four years of high school were spent in four different schools! She learned to make new friends quickly. She attended the University of Kansas, and one of her memories of her time at KU was carrying around a javelin that she had to use in her physical education class.

Peggy had a number of jobs throughout her life. She sold shoes at Montgomery Wards, worked as a Teletype operator for Standard Oil, and as a bookkeeper. The job she was happiest with was making clothes and doing custom tailoring. She was an amazing seamstress.

Peggy met her husband, Don, at a bar in Evanston, Wyoming. When he found out that she was an usher for the Salt Lake City Bees baseball team, he started going to a lot of their games. One of their first dates was a fishing trip, and it was one of the few times she out-fished him. They married in January, 1949, and had their daughter, Kathy, nine months later.

Community activities were important to Peggy. She was an active member of the PTA (president), the Girl Scouts (selected as the only volunteer to go to a national convention), and helped with serving meals at the Bountiful Senior Citizens center.

Peggy was a lifelong camper and loved the outdoors. She and Don wore out a few tents and two trailers in their travels. She loved to hunt for berries, mushrooms and other treasures when she could. At home, she enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing, knitting, walking and playing bridge.

The greatest joy in her later years was being with her grandchildren, Mike and Jessie. She was also delighted with a great-grandson, Anthony Pongmee. Jessie remembers her for her tuna casserole recipe, for the many hours she spent babysitting at a number of campsites, and how Grandma was willing to make she and Mike two kinds of sandwiches for lunch.

We are having an open house to celebrate her life at her home (998 Flanders Creek Avenue, Bozeman) on Sunday, Feb. 15, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Please come and share your memories with us.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to .

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Feb. 11 to Feb. 12, 2015
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